Gullah made woven basket


From hands-on interactive museums to wonderful showcases of local history, the museums of Hilton Head Island, Bluffton, and the surrounding area offer you the opportunity to expand your knowledge of South Carolina, and have fun at the same time. There’s no better place to enjoy educational entertainment than in Hilton Head!

Coastal Discovery Museum

Featuring programs, displays, tours, a KidsZone and activities year round, the Coastal Discovery Museum offers a stellar showcase of Hilton Head’s history and ecology. Its 69-acre property has some of the oldest trees and buildings on the Island, and is beautifully situated on Jarvis Creek. Take a walk on the designated trails complete with colorful interpretive panels detailing the flora and fauna of the region, or try your hand at crabbing or casting a shrimp net. Open Monday to Saturday, 9:00am to 4:30pm; Sunday 11:00am to 3:00pm.

The Heritage Library

The Heritage Library is devoted to the study and preservation of history and genealogy in South Carolina, and provides researchers with the tools to study their ancestors. It’s also one of the most comprehensive libraries in the region, with microfilm readers and a vast collection of books, microfiche, CD-ROM databases, vertical files, periodicals, and maps. Open Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 9:00am to 3:00pm.

The Penn Center

Established during the Civil War to educate newly freed slaves, The Penn Center is now considered a national treasure. It houses the York W. Baily Museum and is one of the most significant African American historical and cultural institutions in existence today. Located on St. Helena Island, a short drive from Hilton Head Island, Penn Center sits on 50 acres of the Penn School campus. Open Monday to Saturday, 11:00am to 4:00pm.

The Sandbox: An Interactive Children’s Museum

The Sandbox: An Interactive Children's Museum: This hands-on interactive museum is filled with entertaining and educational play areas to explore. Children can sail away on Captain William Hilton’s ship of discovery or find their Passport to the World in the international airport terminal, with a plane ready for little pilots to fly. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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